12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  13​h
1
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Imatra
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Kurjenrahka National Park, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then browse the collection at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island, then stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online vacation planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Turku is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, you will find days in Turku are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are cooler (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 14th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Siida, experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

Make your Inari itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Turku in August, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kuusamo holiday site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head off the coast to Malonsaari, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Imatra trip planner .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Imatra takes 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Imatra are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
On the 21st (Tue), browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stroll through Sibelius Monument, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip app .

You can take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Adventure Outdoors
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Room Escape Games
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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